New public consultation on tackling congestion and air quality

News from: Reading Borough Council

Reading’s planning application for a segregated bus, pedestrian and cycle route between east Reading and the town centre was rejected for a second time by Wokingham’s Planning Applications Committee in December. The Council will withdraw its planning application for an East Reading MRT in order to better facilitate a wide ranging public engagement exercise to help shape a new Local Transport Plan for Reading.

Reading’s economic success makes it an attractive place to live, work and visit. The town is home to a large number of national and international companies, demand for new homes has never been higher and it remains a key shopping and leisure destination in the region. While welcoming this success, it means Reading continues to face the serious challenge of managing future growth, particularly in terms of commuter congestion and poor air quality in some parts of town, particularly in the east of the borough.

Demand for new housing means many thousands of new homes are planned in the coming years, both inside Reading and just outside the town in neighbouring authorities, including Wokingham. Congestion and air quality is likely to deteriorate, with many new residents choosing to commute into Reading for work on a daily basis. This will inevitably impact the quality of life and health of residents in Reading.

As part of a public consultation and visioning exercise to be launched in the spring, Reading Borough Council intends to engage with residents, neighbouring local authorities, businesses and other stakeholders on options for future transport solutions. Responses will help to inform a new draft Local Transport Plan for Reading with specific proposals, which will also be the subject of public consultations later this year.

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